Curry house waiter saves choking man's life with Heimlich manoeuvre

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This is the moment a heroic waiter at an Indian restaurant saved a young man from choking on chicken.

Sheakh Rifat, 24, was filmed successfully performing the Heimlich manoeuvre on the customer who was dining with his mates.

He got a round of applause from impressed customers at the Bangor Tandoori curry house in north Wales for his life-saving actions.

Sheakh, a student in the UK from Bangladesh, was on the restaurant floor on Sunday evening when he spotted a man, Jake, having trouble breathing.

As Jake’s concerned friends looked on, Sheakh pulled him up from his table and began the manoeuvre to dislodge the food and free his airways.

‘I was going back to the till when I noticed something really very wrong with Jake,’ the waiter said.

‘His face went red and tears were coming from his eyes. He was struggling to breathe.

‘It took me like two or three seconds to realise what it could be. I pulled him out and brought him into the corridor, grabbed him from the back on the stomach very tightly, and I shook him.’

Sheakh said it took him a few attempts before ‘a piece of chicken came out’.

He then goes away to give Jake a moment to catch his breath and brings a glass of water over for him.

Thankful Jake gives the waiter a warm pat on his shoulder.

His mates then erupt with laughter as the seriousness of the situation subsides. Seconds later they continue eating their meal.

Sheakh described the customer’s recovery as ‘a big relief’ and said his father had saved him from choking when he was a child.

‘He’s a nice guy, he was really very grateful,’ said Sheakh of the customer.

‘He hugged me and we had a chat when they were leaving. He took a picture with me and he offered me a good tip!

‘In the beginning I refused the tip because I’m Muslim, and in our religion if you are helping someone you have to do it selflessly.

‘Honestly it’s a great feeling. I never dreamed in my life that I’m going to be in the news.

‘What gave me more satisfaction and more happiness is that Jake is safe.’

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